Spartan Group personnel are all proven veterans in their respective fields, to include Military & Law Enforcement Special Operations, Corporate Security & Executive Protection parameters.​

About spartan group / instructor cadre​

Kristian Davenport
Instructor Cadre

Kristian Davenport has an extensive career operating in various capacities within both the US Army Special Forces and the United States Marine Corps. As both a junior and senior weapons specialist assigned to an Operational Detachment – Alpha (ODA), he trained, assisted and advised numerous foreign military personnel while on several combat tours to Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Kristian has been on multiple exchange trips with the British SAS and has extensive training in Close Target Reconnaissance (CTR). He has served as one of the Close Quarters Battle (CQB) instructors for the Special Operations Training- Detachment (SOT-D) and a graduate of the Special Forces Counter Terrorism Course (SFARTAETC). Prior to his selection to Special Forces, Kristian served with the 2nd Battalion 3Rd Marines and then with Diplomatic Security Service with the State Department at various United States Embassies to include Hungry, Serbia, and Australia. Kristian has served as a sworn police officer assigned to the full time SWAT team located in Little Rock, AR and has a Bachelors of Science degree from AMU in Sports and Health Sciences.

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Daryl Conrad
Instructor Cadre

Daryl Conrad is a combat veteran of the US Army Special Forces having served in Afghanistan in 2003 as a Senior Advisor to the Tier 1 Afghan Counter Terrorist Pursuit Team operating from Kabul. He has also served in the capacity of Senior Weapons Sergeant on an “A” Detachment where he was deployed to South America to advise and train numerous foreign special operations forces. Daryl has been instrumental in the development of the Special Operations Training - Detachment (SOT-D) serving as a Committee Chief and NCOIC where he directly supervised advanced special operations training continuously for over the last ten years. Prior to his selection to Special Forces, Daryl was a member of the United States Marine Corps having served with the 8th Marines during the Lebanon conflict. During his service in the Marine Corps, Daryl was also selected, trained and assigned to a Scout/Sniper Team and later served as a Scout/Sniper Instructor. Daryl has operated in the capacity of Protection Agent for numerous protection details throughout the US and has trained Dignitary Protection Units in Counter Sniper and Surveillance Operations.

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Joseph Hudert
Instructor Cadre

Joe Hudert is a combat veteran of three conflicts to include a combat jump as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division during the invasion of Panama. After serving with the 82nd during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Joe volunteered for and was selected to the US Army Special Forces with whom he deployed for two additional combat tours in the war in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, Joe served as Master Breacher and advisor to the Afghan Counter Terrorist Pursuit Team (3rd Commando) conducting numerous combat operations throughout Uruzgan and Helmand provinces. As a Demolitions Expert serving on a Special Forces “A” Detachment he trained and advised foreign units in Central Asia and South America in various military skills to include Demolition and Advanced Military Operations in Urban Terrain. He has served in the capacity of Master Breacher at the Special Operations Training – Detachment (SOT-D) and is an expert on all facets of mechanical and explosive entry measures. Joe is a graduate of the Individual Terrorism Awareness Course (INTAC) and the Special Operations Counter Terrorism Course (SFARTAETC).

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Paul Carnicella
Senior Instructor / Unarmed Combat

Paul Carnicella began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2000 under the national Jiu-Jitsu and Judo champion Edson Carvalho. His background also includes American Boxing, Thai Kickboxing, and Russian Sambo. He has competed in the Masters Division at the Mundials where he won his weight division and placed third in the absolute division. He also took second place in the Black Belt Division of the Battle at the Beach in 2007. Paul is currently a member of the Newark Police Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.) and holds the rank of detective. This team is one of the most active SWAT teams in the Eastern U.S.. His Law enforcement background includes the NPD Tactical Auto Recovery Group and Enforcement Team (TARGET), Fugitive Apprehension Squad, Police Academy and Firearms instructor. Paul was also the primary instructor for the Combatives Fighting System developed specifically for police tactical units, elite military units, and protective service specialists. He has served as a protection agent and CAT team member for various dignitary protection missions including the U.S. Secret Service.

Paul has trained various military groups including the U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Air Force Special Operations, and Law Enforcement Tactical Teams.

His Certifications Include: 
Police Training Commission Defensive Tactics Instructor - FBI 
Flight Crew Member Defensive Tactics Instructor 
Confrontational Handcuffing Instructor 
Methods of Intrusion (MOI) 
Physical Training Instructor 
Vehicle Operator Instructor 
Firearms Instructor 
PR24 Instructor
Sub-machine Gun and Assault Rifle Instructor


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Chuck Mollineaux
Instructor Cadre

Chuck Mollineaux is a 15 year veteran of the Law Enforcement community and his career includes service in Corrections, Gang Intelligence, Police Academy and the Patrol Division. Chuck is currently assigned to the Belleville (NJ) Police Department's Emergency Services Unit where he serves as an Assistant Team Leader, Assault Team Member, Breacher, and Firearms and Tactics Instructor. He has an extensive background in Close Quarters Combat (CQC) and is certified in Explosive Breaching, SWAT tactics and Precision Marksmanship. Chuck also serves actively as a military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and during his 16 year military career with the United States Army and United States Air Force he has served as an Armor Crewman, Airbase Ground Security, Combat Arms Instructor, and Intelligence Analyst. Chuck is a decorated veteran of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom and has served as an Adjunct Instructor and Advisor to Spartan Group for eight years.

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Karl Duenzl
Instructor Cadre

Karl Duenzl is a 22 year veteran of the NYPD with 15 years spent in the Emergency Service Unit. He has been one of the primary instructors for the Emergency Service Unit Specialized Training School for 9 years. He has served on countless high-risk dignitary protection assignments (Including POTUS, VPOTUS, the Pope, and numerous foreign heads of state) as well served thousands of high-risk warrants and barricaded subject calls. He served as a senior divemaster and tactical medic (NYS EMT-P) for the unit. He is also a member of NYTask Force-1 (USAR task force). Other ESU duties include vehicle extrication specialist, Haz-Mat Technician, high-angle/confined space rope technician and maritime interdiction specialist. He is an NRA certified pistol instructor and one of the SureFire Institute low-light tactics instructors. As part of his teaching assignments he has trained numerous federal, military and local law enforcement officers to include several tier 1 level units as well as numerous international law enforcement and military units.

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Scott Sayre
Instructor Cadre

Lieutenant Scott Sayre is a 20 year veteran of the Newark (NJ) Police Department where he currently serves as a Troop Leader for the SWAT Element and supervisor assigned to the Special Operations Division. Unit duties include Counter Terrorism/Hostage Rescue, High Risk Warrant Entry, Hazmat intervention, and various rescue parameters. Scott also serves as a supervisor for the Rescue Dive Team and in that capacity serves as a Master Dive Instructor for all tactical and SCUBA operations. As a law enforcement trainer he has instructed numerous municipal, county and federal law enforcement members in advanced tactical weapons and entry techniques. Scott has also served with the Spartan Group as a Shift Leader, Protection Agent, and Counter Assault Team member operating throughout the metropolitan area and eastern United States.

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Salvatore Galvano
Instructor Cadre

Sal Galvano is currently assigned to the Newark (NJ) Police Special Operations Division where he serves as a cell leader for the SWAT Element. He is a member of the training cadre for the unit and Primary Instructor for Close Quarters Battle and supporting skills. He has been instrumental in the training of team members and municipal and county agencies in all aspects of advanced marksmanship and the high risk entry mission. Prior to his selection to the Special Operations Division, Sal has served in the patrol division, the plain clothes anti-crime unit, and Criminal Investigative Division. In addition to his various firearm instructor qualifications he holds certifications as a HAZMAT Technician, less lethal/chemical munitions instructor and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and has served as a police academy instructor.

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Peter Bumanlag
Instructor Cadre

Pete Bumanlag is an operational member of the Newark (NJ) Police Emergency Response Team assigned to the Special Operations Division where he serves as a cell leader and Close Quarters Battle instructor. In that capacity he has been involved in the training and assessment of various tactical teams throughout the central and northern New Jersey area. Prior to his selection to the Special Operations Division, Pete served in the Patrol Division, Narcotics Squad, and the legendary Auto Theft Task Force (ATTF). He holds various instructor certifications to include defensive tactics, diversionary device implementation, and unarmed edged weapons defense. He is a current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and adjunct Police Academy instructor and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Finance from Rutgers University.

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Gabriel Rispoli
Instructor Cadre

Gabe Rispoli is a 22 year veteran of the Essex County (NJ) Sheriff’s Office with the majority of his career spent in law enforcement special operations. He is currently assigned to the Tactical Response Team, the Detective Bureau, and serves on a warrant execution squad. Gabe previously worked full-time in the Executive Protection Unit and served 12 years as a member of the countywide K-9/Bomb Squad as a K-9 handler and K-9 trainer for narcotics detection, explosive detection, and human tracking. As a K-9 handler, Gabe participated in the service and execution of countless high-risk search warrants resulting in the seizure of large volumes of narcotics and firearms. He is also the owner and President of Alpha K-9, a private security firm providing K-9 explosive detection services to the corporate sector including major shipping and receiving facilities and cruise lines. Gabe holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development as well as several certifications in SWAT tactics, Methods of Instruction, SCUBA operations and freefall skydiving.

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Walter Andzel, PhD
Instructor Cadre

Dr. Andzel is a professor of Exercise Physiology at Kean University in New Jersey. He received his PhD in Applied Physiology from Columbia University. At Kean University, he is coordinator of the Adult Fitness Program and Director of the Exercise Physiology Lab. He has completed research papers on the effects of warm-up on cardio-respiratory endurance performance and on the physiological profiles of military, firefighter police personnel. He is a consultant to man Top Amateur and Professional athletes including the New York Giants. Dr. Andzel is also a special exercise consultant to the Medical Naval Advisory Board for Special Warfare Operations. This includes the SEAL pre BUD/S, BUD/S, the United States Marine Corps, and many other Law Enforcement and Military Units. He is also a Graduate Adjunct Professor in the Health Administration Program at Kennedy Western University. Dr. Andzel is also a featured author in many fitness and exercise magazines.